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is back in california this morning at a family home in santa cruz. merrill newman thed at sfo yesterday to plenty of fanfare. here is lisa amin gulezian with more. [applause] >> reporter: he held on to the ones he missed most while being detained in north korea. after traveling some 24 hours, he's finally back in the bay area. >> it's been a great homecoming. i'm tired, but ready to be with my family. >> the 85-year-old was a man of few words while at san francisco enter in the airport. >> what's the first thing you are going to do when you make it back through your door? >> i think probably take my shoes off. >> after leaving sfo the newman family came here to their second home in santa cruz. it's a house they have owned for decades. once inside they have been relaxing and spending time together. this is a photo taken of merrill and his wife leigh having lunch. they aren't returning to their house yety yellow ribbons were tied as a symbol for his safe return. vice president biden had this to say. >> there's a piece of good news. they never should have had it in the first place. >> the
newman was taken off the plane and held for more than a month. last night he was departed from korea. we have the latest. >> merrill newman is on his way home from north korea after being held prisoner for more than a month. >> i appreciate the tolerance that the dprk forecast has given to me to be on my way. >> the man had completed a ten-day tour of the north when agents of the communist regime of dickty -- off his flight. show showed him reading from a apparent confession. >> they killed three innocent operators, delayed the munition supplies use, please i was. >> his son said he's absolutely delighted about the announcement. you can imagine this has been a very difficult ordeal for us as a family aed particularly for him. >> tensions remain high on the korean peninsula although the north has toned down their hostile rhetoric of earlier in the year when they threatened to launch warheads. >> they said newman was released because he apologized for his alleged crimes and because of his age and medical condition. vice president biden, who is in south korea, praised him last night and ask
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